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Watchung Rescue Squad's 27th Annual Tree of Lights Festival Lights up Watchung

Tree of Lights Credits: Zach Nemcek

WATCHUNG, NJ - The 27th Annual Tree of Lights once again lit up the Village Green on Saturday, Dec. 2. This year’s Tree of Lights was dedicated to Henry Long and Dr. William Ripley, who dedicated their lives to serving their communities and country.

The Rescue Squad illuminates the holiday tree, and thanks to Garden State Fireworks, the skies were lit with a spectacular fireworks show.  You can still be part of the celebration by placing a red light on the tree in honor of or white light in remembrance of a person, family, friend and others.  

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The names of honorees and remembrances will be posted on the illuminated display on the Village Green as well as on the Rescue Squad’s website.  The display and the website will be continually updated throughout the holiday season.  The dedications can be seen below.

To place a light on the tree, please complete the Dedication Order Form and mail it along with your tax-deductible donation of $50.00 per light in the envelope provided.

Your contribution to the Tree of Lights is not only a symbol of your feelings of gratitude and love, but also serves to help the Watchung Volunteer Rescue Squad with major endeavors.  This year, through the generosity of the residents and businesses, the squad continues to provide high-quality, excellent Emergency Service.  Thank you in advance for your continued support and contributions. 

To learn more about the Squad contact captain@watchungems.org or call (908) 755-1297.  For information about becoming a member, click on Join Us and email membership@watchungems.org with any questions!




  • Ackerman, Don
  • Bitenas Family
  • Braulke, George & Jean
  • Breitbart, Gary
  • Burner, Douglas
  • Campbell Family
  • Chen, Jing
  • Cocchiara Family
  • Cua, Lorenzo
  • DelVento Family
  • DeParto Family
  • DiGiacomo Family
  • Dolly Family
  • Dunham, Patricia
  • Dy, Juanita
  • Falanga, Joe & Lynn
  • Fine Family
  • Gatti, Joseph
  • Gerus, Barbara & Harry
  • Goldman Family
  • Gulamerian, Mary & Norman
  • Harding, Louis
  • Hauck Family
  • Heyman, Jay
  • Huska & Molitoris Families
  • Infosino, Paula
  • Juette, Frieda
  • Kapoor, Dr. L. D.
  • Kapoor, Prakash
  • Kennedy Family
  • Krieger, Soloman & Jean
  • Lubin, Joel
  • Mattiassi Family
  • McCumber, J & B Grandchildren
  • McDonald, Whaley Family
  • Monetti, Dottie
  • Motta Family
  • Nakhamkin Family
  • Parone, Lisa
  • Petrock Family
  • Peixoto Family
  • Price, Isabel & Alfred
  • Pote Family
  • Reddy, Vineeta
  • Ruckriegel, Helen J.
  • Savatta Family
  • Schachter, Michael
  • Schlotterbeck Family
  • Schuman Family
  • Scotti, Don
  • Scrima, Mildred
  • Skowronski, Jeff & Margeret
  • Speeney Family
  • Staeger, Paul C. 
  • Steinmetz Family
  • Tomasso Family
  • Watchung Boy Scout Troop 32
  • Watchung Rescue Squad
  • Watkins Family
  • Whaley M. Donald Family
  • Wunner Family






  • Addario, Mayor Anthony F.
  • Addario, Cody, Sam & Sugar
  • Arthur, David & Bill III
  • Arthur, William & Annette
  • Aslidis, Haralampos
  • Aylward, Eileen
  • Bailey, Dot & Bob
  • Baker, Brian
  • Barrett, Ralph & Ruth
  • Bell, Pat
  • Bennet, Capt. Gordon W.
  • Beyer, Dorothy “Dottie”
  • Blumberg, Sandra (2)
  • Bori, Anna
  • Brunskill, Angela & Trevor
  • Buccarelli, Sally
  • Burke, Charles R.
  • Butta, Rosanna
  • Carlough, Billy
  • Celiberti, Anna & Vincent
  • Chalker, David
  • Confort, Philip
  • Conte, Dr. Ferdinanao
  • Cooper, Reginald
  • Cowan, Thomas & Marion
  • Diem, Fred
  • DeVito, Raphael
  • DeVito, William & Yolanda
  • DiNardi, Alfred
  • Dworak, Winnie
  • Fechtner, Jerome
  • Flood, Paul, Bruce & Wayne
  • Flower, Henry
  • Gargano, John Jr.
  • Gerome Family
  • Geron Family
  • Glasser, George & Elizabeth
  • Goutson, Panagiota
  • Greenberg, Jerry
  • Greves, Nancy
  • Hanlon, Helene & Kenneth
  • Hastrup, Lynne
  • Haywood, Ivan E. Sr.
  • Hetem, Charles J.
  • Hess, Barbara L.
  • Hillman, Richard
  • Ianniello, Paul
  • Ingrassia, Christopher Noble
  • Kania, Michael & Anne
  • Karanagh, Jack






The Watchung Rescue Squad would like to thank everyone who helped make our 27th Annual Tree of Lights a resounding success:Walt Schmiede, Lane Solon, Precision Tree Service, and all the Squad members who contributed to the set-up and ceremony.

The Watchung Fire Department, Watchung Police Department, the Department of Public Works, and Watchung OEM for their support throughout the event.

Mayor Steve Pote, the Watchung Borough Council, and Watchung Troop 32 for their support and participation in the dedication and lighting ceremony.

Ms. Gen Webber and the Valley View Middle School Chorus and Chris Waryn and Babygrand Entertainment for music and sound support during the event.

Rolf’s and the Watchung PBA for providing refreshments.

Garden State Fireworks for a spectacular fireworks show.

David Steinberg for creating our flyer, and everyone who shared or posted information about the event.

And finally our Watchung Borough residents and local businesses for their generous donations and continued support! Thank you all and have a safe and happy holiday season! 


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